When Anxiety Attacks
All of a sudden the nervousness I was feeling escalated to chest tightness, racing thoughts, worry and an overwhelming sense of dread.
It was around midnight and I was laying in bed. I should have been sleeping but my thoughts were keeping me up. I was having flashbacks of childbirth pain and all of a sudden I was overcome with fear.
"I don't want to do this" I thought. "What if tonight is the night?" I was very close to my due date and the reality was quickly setting in of what I was about to face at any given moment.
Up until that night I was feeling very positive about giving birth for the second time. I was believing for the best labour and delivery possible and confessing an even easier and better experience this time around than with my first.
I didn't want to waste time worrying.
Yet, I was remembering what my body needed to do to deliver a baby and the thought of going through it again drove me to fear.
I turned my lamp on and shuffled through my bedside table. I picked up a book I hadn't read in a couple months, Praying Through your Pregnancy, opened it up and began to flip through the last few chapters.
I read through the scriptures and positive stories and began to meditate once again on a positive birth experience. I prayed peace filled scriptures over my life and decided I was going to continue to focus on the positive.
Peace set in, and the anxiety melted away.
While I was waiting to drift off I was reflecting on what just happened.
I realized that an experience of my past tried to cripple my future with fear.
How often does this happen in other areas of our life?
How many times have we been paralyzed from moving forward with hope and expectation because of something unpleasant that we previously encountered?
Friend, don't allow anxious thought patterns control your destiny any longer.
Stop negative thoughts before they stop you.
What experience have you had that was tough for you or filled with pain? Something that while you were going through it you couldn't wait for it to be over?
Something that pressed you and stretched you farther than you ever thought possible. Something you had to push through with every fibre of your being.
Are you allowing those past experiences to hinder you from believing God for positive outcomes in your present?
Is anxiety robbing you of pursuing new things in your life?
Trust that God is with you and will be with you through every circumstance of your life.
Nothing is too small or too great for God concerning you.
Here are three truths to reflect on:
- Know that God is with you
- Meditate on His word concerning you
- Move forward in life with positive hope and expectation
Mediate on the Word of God
Be strong and courageous. Don't be terrified or afraid. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. He will be with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:6,8)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him. (Exodus 15:2)
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7)
The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7)